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Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration: The Stores, the Movies, the Art Hardcover – November 20, 2012
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"At the century mark, one of the world's most enduring literary franchises is honored with a gallery of art in Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration." – Huffington Post
"Topped off with a look at collectibles, conventions, authorised sequels and more (not to mention a brilliant foreword from big screen Tarzan Ron Ely), there's no doubting the fact that this is a must-have for any fan of Tarzan." – Comic Book Movie
"An enormous, glossy volume filled with rare art, movie stills, and insights on every corner of the Tarzan universe." – Flavorwire
"Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration is a must buy if you ever loved Tarzan. The book is a perfect way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the jungle man’s first appearance." – Wired.com
"An awe-inspiring collection that any Tarzan fan would cherish." – Strange Kids Club
"The quality of this book as a collector’s item is unmatched. It’s a brilliant hard cover." – Comic Hype
"this magnificent Tarzan tribute volume makes a compelling case that the Ape Man has as strong a grip on our collective imaginations as he always did." – Open Letters Monthly
"lovingly detailed artwork and insight." – MTV Geek
"Regular AICN readers know that Titan usually knocks books of this ilk out of the park. Even taking into account Titan’s lofty pedigree, TARZAN: THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION emerges as magnificently presented, stunningly laid out, and beautifully guided by author Griffin & Co. This may be the company’s best work yet" – aintitcool
About the Author
Scott Tracy Griffin is considered one of the foremost Edgar Rice Burroughs experts in the world, with 30 years of articles appearing in magazines, journals, academia and fanzines, Griffin lives within swinging distance of Tarzana.
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I will admit to being somewhat perplexed at a few of the unauthorised items that didn't make it into the book such as Charlton Comics' adaptation of Jungle Tales of Tarzan and the thoroughly plagiarised series of Barton Werper's (pseudonym) Tarzan novels published by Gold Star (1964). I can only assume that their shady legal status kept them from mention. Similarly, the Tarzan the Ape Man film (1981) receives little attention due, I must again presume, to the legal wrangling between ERB, Inc. and the Dereks over its salacious content. However, I don't wish to dwell so much on what isn't in the book that I detract from the treasures that ARE in it. It doesn't say it's a history, but a celebration of Tarzan's centennial. And what a magnificent celebration it is!
As I said earlier, the volume is lavishly illustrated (some previously unpublished) and meticulously researched. Scott Tracy Griffin has outdone himself in creating a beautiful book that I honestly cannot imagine NOT owning. In fact, I think I'll buy a second copy lest I wear this one out from looking at it daily for the next 30 years. A note to already-confirmed fans of Tarzan: This book would make a splendid present to any middle school/high school/college relatives or friends you might have or know. I can't think of a better way to plant the seeds for Tarzan fandom as we move into his second 100 years. BUY THIS BOOK!
Tarzan first appeared in the All-Story pulp magazine and this super-realistic and totally fantastic story of a baby nobleman raised by the Great Apes of Africa soon took the world by storm. People were reading Tarzan in the pulps, in serialized reprints in newspapers and soon in hardcover books and ever the entrepreneur ERB followed that initial tale of wonder up with over 2 dozen more adventures of Tarzan and his family across the landscape of Africa and through multiple lost cities.
Tarzan was the original pop culture phenomenon and soon there were Tarzan ice cream cups, Tarzan bond paper, Tarzan figurines and even Tarzan's Grip Glue! ERB wreaped a second fortune in merchandising his brain child in every possible way, including the most lucrative- movie adaptions and original motion pictures.
Scott Tracy Griffin's lavish book is profusely illustrated with photographs and paintings of a century of Tarzaniana. Images from different versions of each book are included along with pictures of most of the Tarzan actors. The book is rather simply laid out. The original 24 Tarzan novels are covered along with themes that pop up in the series such as Dopplegangers of Tarzan. Tarzan has more than one lookalike who wreak havoc on his friends and foes alike in the jungle, for example.
The book then covers Tarzan merchandising followed up by the movie and television Tarzans, divided up by which studios and which producers were responsible. All this in hardcover with a wonderful introduction by Tarzan actor and respected hard boiled mystery author Ron Ely (want to read a great mystery, try "East Beach" by Ely.)
The only complaint I can make about this wonderful book is that it is so heavy you might develop rippling muscles like the Lord of the Jungle from reading it and hauling it around.